Joan Shapiro, PhD, and William Shapiro, MD

Drs. Joan and William ShapiroDrs. Joan and William Shapiro are establishing an endowed chair for neuro-oncology research at Barrow through Barrow Neurological Foundation as a legacy to their service and dedication to ongoing brain-tumor research.

"This represents our desire to give back and will allow Barrow to hire the best and brightest scientist they can to carry on research in brain tumors," says Bill.
The Shapiros came to Barrow in 1989 from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. At the time, Bill became the chair of the Division of Neurology, and Joan assumed the position of director of Neuro-Oncology Research.

As scientists, the Shapiros have collaborated for more than 20 years and have been instrumental in building a world-renowned brain-tumor research center at Barrow. The Shapiros were honored jointly for their efforts in brain-tumor research in November 2007 when the couple received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Neuro-Oncology.

The Shapiros are dedicated to fostering the next generation of scientists and clinicians in neuro-oncology through education and mentoring. Joan Shapiro developed the Scientific Enrichment Program, which enables students to work in the Barrow’s Neuro-Oncology Lab. She is now a professor in the Department of Basic Medical Sciences at the University of Arizona. Bill Shapiro has built a neuro-oncology fellowship program at Barrow.

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